Top RV destinations in Canada by province

With more than 9.9 million square kilometres to explore, the Great White North is a land with diverse landscapes, abundant parks and countless places to explore.

Canada offers outdoor experiences like no other country in the world. In addition, for many people, going on a road trip onboard an RV or with a camper trailer is one of the best ways to enjoy this stunning country. If you plan to hit the open road for an RV vacation soon, you will find yourself spoiled with many great places to visit.

To help you narrow down the list of incredible RV destinations in Canada, we’ve picked the very best locales with access to campgrounds and RV parks, and some of Canada’s best scenery and outdoor activities.

Bow Valley Provincial Park is located in the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the confluence of the Bow and Kananaskis rivers. Just a 45-minute drive west of Calgary away, Bow Valley Provincial Park is a perfect place for a camping trip  whether you require a full-service campground or enjoy the simple life of a backcountry site.

The park is known for its world-class trout fishing and mountain scenery. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will find within the park’s 7,731 acres more than 300 trails covering all levels of difficulty and activities including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and more. You will also be able take in plenty of turquoise-coloured lakes for paddling and riverside scenery.

The campground and park amenities include visitor centres, cellphone service throughout most of the park, and dining and accommodation options in Exshaw, Canmore and Dead Man’s Flats.

Visit the Bow Valley Provincial Park website.

Known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island. This seaside town is surrounded by British Columbia wilderness, which is a perfect setting for eager adventurers.

For the less venturesome, the town also indulges visitors with amazing scenery, including breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain on the mainland. Visitors can also dine at authentic west coast restaurants and cafes, visit the local aquarium, learn more about marine life, go salmon fishing and much more.

If you’re looking for a camp ground in or around Campbell River, one great option is the Salmon Point Resort. Amenities include  full hook-up service including Wi-Fi, restrooms with hot showers, adult and children’s recreational rooms, a playground, laundromat and more.

Visit the Campbell River website.

If you are in search of a seaside destination that is both a perfect place to unwind and relax with the family and also close to the US border, St. Andrews might fit the bill. The town’s charming atmosphere and architecture will take you back in time to when it was founded by the United Empire Loyalists escaping the American Revolution. Moreover, the local hospitality and welcoming people will also add to your experience.

Along with excellent dining options, especially if you are a seafood lover, there is much to explore. Because it is located on the waters of the Bay of Fundy, you’ll find plenty of ocean adventures such as whale watching, lighthouse tours and even sailing on a tall ship.

For campers, St. Andrews provides a few family-friendly options where you can park your RV or trailer. One of the most popular spots is the Oceanfront Campground. It provides travellers with great ocean views and full hookup service including Wi-Fi and dump station for their mobile homes. Other amenities that are available include free hot showers, laundry facilities, propane sales and a children’s playground.

Visit the town of St. Andrews website.

This beautiful and remote place in Canada is one of the few where you can see the Earth’s mantle. No life would be entirely complete for hiking and nature lovers without winding through some of the unique landscapes this park has to offer. For experienced hikers, there is also the opportunity to climb up the Gros Morne mountain affording a view of the Western Brook Pond Fjord.

There is even more to experience in and around the park than natural landscapes and trails. In the surrounding towns and villages, visitors can enjoy exciting and entertaining activities such as visiting a museum and learning more about the history of the region and local marine life, catching a play at a local theatre, exploring a shipwreck site ,  and going on boat and food tours.

Gros Morne National Park campgrounds offer campsites suitable for trailers and recreational vehicles at Trout River, Lomond, Berry Hill, Green Point and Shallow Bay. All five locations offer fireplaces, kitchen shelters with wood stoves, flush toilets, hot water, and showers. Dumping station, Wi-Fi and playground are available in some of the campgrounds.

Visit the Gros Morne National Park website.

If you are looking for a destination with that WOW factor for your next road trip, Hammonds Plains in Nova Scotia is one of those places that won’t fall short of your expectations. Because of its proximity to other popular cities such as Halifax, Parrsboro and Queensland, there is no shortage of attractions to keep people of any age entertained throughout the entire stay.

A great campground option around Hammonds Plains is the Woodhaven RV Park. Located within the Halifax city limits, travellers will be a half hour drive away from, for example, the city waterfront area, shopping restaurants and Peggy’s Cove. This RV park includes full hookups, Wi-Fi, a heated pool, , laundry, playground, showers and more for a relaxing camping holiday.

Visit the Hammonds Plains website.

Situated south of the tree line, Yellowknife is an excellent place to experience the northern lights. But the city has more to offer than just seeing the Aurora Borealis dancing in the skies. There are plenty of fun things to do to fulfill your daylight time.

The capital of Northwest Territories has a pulsating art, food and a wilderness scene. Among the activities waiting for visitors are driving the Dettah Ice Road (made famous on the television show Ice Road Truckers , exploring the Yellowknife old town, and visiting the Bush Pilot Monument for a 360 degrees view of Yellowknife and its surrounding areas. Visitors can also create their own glass craft at the Old Town Glassworks, go mushing, discover local museums and heritage and cultural centres, and visit the indigenous communities nearby.

If you take your mobile home to Yellowknife, one good option for RV travellers to camp out is the Fred Henne Territorial Park. The amenities available to include pull-thru sites, electric hook-ups, a central water spigot/water access, restrooms, showers, a playground, firewood, picnic shelters and a dump station.

Visit the city of Yellowknife website.

If you had to describe this place in a few words, perhaps it would be "pure magic." Located on a part of the Niagara Escarpment close to Tobermory, the park is recognized by its rugged limestone cliffs, hiking trails, great variety of shoreline flora and turquoise waters. If you are a beach person, the region offers sandy beaches and shallow-warm waters, especially in early summer.

Bruce Peninsula National Park is also considered a paradise for water sports lovers. The park and surrounding areas offer tons of spots for practicing standup paddling, kitesurfing, canoeing and kayaking.

While in the region, make sure you take time to try other activities such as stargazing at Lion's Head Marina, taking a glass-bottom boat tour of the local shipwrecks, trying aerial rope courses at Little Cove Adventure, venturing to Flower Pot Island, and enjoying the local cuisine in the towns surrounding the park.

Whether you're tenting, bringing a trailer or looking for camping cabins, staying at Happy Hearts Park is a great option. The campground is located right on Bruce Peninsula National Park. The campsite offers the following facilities: Recreation and playground areas, laundry, full hookup, swimming pool, camp store, paid showers, flush toilets, dump stations and more.

Visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park website.

Located in a mountainous peninsula bordered by Gaspé Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this national park is a pure treasure. Its imposing landscape comprised of cliffs and mountains carved out of the sea will undoubtedly give you a feel of being at the "end of the world”. 

The park offers outdoor enthusiasts remarkable hiking trails and plenty of opportunities to see the local fauna (e.g. whales, beavers, bears, moose, and various bird species) and flora, and experience water activities such as swimming, sea kayaking, stand-up paddling and scuba diving. 

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of other attractions the Gaspé Peninsula has to offer. Explore the only wooden cathedral in North America, learn about French explorer Jacques Cartier's voyages in a museum dedicated to him, find more on how the local Mi’kmaq people lived over more than three centuries, explore the region’s lighthouses and visit the village of Matapédia with its covered bridges, just across the border from New Brunswick.

An excellent RV camping spot is Petit-Gaspé on the peninsula's south side. The amenities available to campers include a swimming pool, playground, coin-operated laundry machines, dumping stations and water outlets. Some sites also have electrical and water hook-ups.

Visit the Forillon National Park website.

Known for its towering hills, lush forests and fescue prairie, this park is located in the South West corner of Saskatchewan and the South East corner of Alberta. It’s a perfect destination for road trippers seeking to unwind and get in touch with the outdoors and adventure. Regardless of the season, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park features year-round activities to all visitors.

Among the activities waiting for visitors to enjoy are horseback riding, zip lining, water and winter fun activities, stargazing, exploring the region’s wildlife (.e.g. moose, elk, deer and over 220 bird species), scenic drives through the highest elevations in Cypress Hills, and trails for hiking and mountain biking leading to fantastic viewpoints and historical sites.

Camping in the  Centre Block of Cypress Hills campground offers campsites with full services. Amenities include full hook-ups, drinking water, showers, fire pit, conference and indoor recreation facilities, outdoor pool, picnic shelters and tables, sewage disposal and much more.

Visit the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park website.

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